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The Heritage of Hastur (Darkover #18)

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Described as "Bradley's best novel" by Locus, THE HERITAGE OF HASTUR, longest and most intricate of the Darkover books, is a brilliant epic of the pivotal event in the strange love-hate relationship between the Terran worlds and the semi-alien offspring of forgotten peoples.
This is the novel of the Hastur tradition and of the showdown between those who would bargain away t
Paperback, 381 pages
Published October 2nd 1984 by DAW (first published January 1st 1975)
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Jul 05, 2012 Ken rated it really liked it
Before picking up this book, I had read eight Darkover novels, generally in the order of their publication. What, I wondered, drew so many readers to them? Some of them were truly awful, while others were enjoyable, but not great. Then I got to The Heritage of Hastur, and it has given me an "a-ha moment."
In previous works, Darkover as a world was much more compelling than any of its inhabitants, whose personalities melted into sameness. Dialogue tended to be stiff, the narrative erratic. Yet, t
Jan 31, 2015 Giovanna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Giovanna by: Lys

Avevo letto qualcosa della Bradley da piccola (evidentemente mia madre voleva portarmi sulla retta via xD) ma poi non so perché è rimasta lì. Ora ho uno scaffale intero da recuperare *-*

Sto per scrivere il peggior commento mai lasciato su goodreads. Ma non so recensire questo libro...quindi seguirà un commento pietoso, con relativa supplica ad ignorarlo e a iniziare la serie comunque.

L'erede di Hastur mi ha fatto innamorare dei personaggi, mi ha lasciata basita dopo aver visto un decimo del w
Morgan Dhu
Jul 05, 2015 Morgan Dhu rated it really liked it
The Heritage of Hastur (pub. 1975) and its immediate sequel, Sharra's Exile (pub. 1981) are in some ways the heart of the Darkovan cycle - they mark the end of the Comyn and the sociopolitical structure of Darkover as it was and, as Regis Hastur comes into his own, the beginnings of a new Darkover (which would be penned, not by Bradley, but by her successors Adrienne Martine-Barnes and Deborah J. Ross from outlines and notes).

The Heritage of Hastur details the events surrounding Regis' coming of
I didn't start this until after I'd read quite a few other Darkover books, so I wasn't quite at sea (not really possible, on Darkover, from what I can tell). I already had an idea of who Danvan Hastur was, for example, and why he was fighting a rearguard action, trying to slow Darkover's absorption into the Terran Empire, and temper it so it wasn't quite so much a patron/client matter.

Regis Hastur is a character to throw shadows, even at this young age. He's still diffident and fumbling, but is
Oct 09, 2009 Chuck rated it really liked it
For those who want to read the Darkover series, I would have to say that this is the novel to start with. It's engaging and exciting enough to interest you in the series, and these characters, and this timeline, are central to the Darkover canon. As someone who's read approximately 20 Bradley titles this year, this book is the missing link, the one that explains so much of what I've read before.

Set in the last timeline of the Darkover series, what is essentially the 'present day' at Bradley con
else fine
Mar 09, 2011 else fine rated it really liked it
I recently finished yet another re-read of the Darkover books. There are mixed feelings about Bradley in the sf community: most people agree that "Mists of Avalon" is a good book, but opinions are pretty divided about the rest of her work. Literary fantasy fans in particular tend to turn their noses up at Darkover, with its clumsy moralizing, soap-opera style plots, and occasionally sloppy writing ("Two to Conquer", for instance, is actually unreadable).

These criticisms are accurate, but detrac
Jackie "the Librarian"
Apr 12, 2008 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: SF fans
Set on the planet Darkover, a lost colony of Terra. The humans who landed there have developed a feudal system of government, and have interbred with the reclusive indigenous people. Their new environment led to some families developing specific psychic abilities, and becoming leaders of the government.
The Heritage of Hastur relates the intertwined histories of Regis Hastur, the future ruler of Darkover, in his days as a youth training in the guards, and Lew Alton, son of a powerful ruling famil
Jul 06, 2015 Jimmy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Regis Hastur is the male Hastur heir, but he has no laran. He has unknowingly put up barriers of his own to block his laran. It will take a rare catalyst telepath to unlock his laran and break down those barriers. In addition to all of this, Regis his hiding more than just his laran from himself. He will be forced to face and acknowledge this in order to take his place as Hastur heir. Regis truly dreams of taking off in the powerful and impressive spacecrafts and traveling off world, across the ...more
Lindsay Scott
I got a used copy on this from Amazon for only one penny. I believe the entire series is pretty much out of print, so I'm not sure how much luck I'll have tracking down the others if I ever feel the urge.

This is the first of the Darkover novels that I picked up. I chose this one because I read several reviews stating this was the best place to start...but I'm not sure I agree with that. I was pretty confused for the majority of the book, between trying to understand the setting, the differences
Jul 03, 2014 Karina rated it really liked it
I inherited a whole stack of Darkover books and have found the right order to read them in. No wonder I didn't get The Bloody Sun... Enjoyed this one very much, although the male-female relationships still give me the creeps. The amount of slender women fainting is just ridiculous in this day and age. But the Darkover universe is growing on me.
Dec 10, 2014 Bibliodonna rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
I grew up reading MZB and loved her work. I recently came across a book with this titla and Sharras' Exile. After reading this book I looked on line to refresh my memory of MZB's works. The recent info that has come to light about sexual abuse by MZB and her second husband disturbed me greatly. I simply could not read the second book after seeing the legal transcripts. I appreciate the influence she had on fantasy/sci-fi and women writers. But I can not separate her fiction from her real life ac ...more
Jun 24, 2015 Brian rated it really liked it
This was the first Darkover book I read, back when I was spending part of summer vacation at my grandmother's house. Their library had a lot of 70s and 80s sci-fi and fantasy, and there was a whole shelf of Darkover books. I picked this one first--I no longer remember the reasons why--and it was good enough then that I went back and read almost all of the other Darkover books I could find, even the ones like The World Wreckers that I found almost completely incoherent. I went back to The Heritag ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Oct 21, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Kenji
Marion Zimmer Bradley is best known for The Mists of Avalon, which spawned a number of sequels, mostly (if not entirely) by other hands. I don't care for them. Then comes The Fall of Atlantis, two enjoyable if fairly forgettable books posthumously marked as backdrop for the Avalon books. Inexplicably, if I go by Goodreads, her next most popular book is The Firebrand, about the Trojan War, which I found absolutely unreadable. Yet I do consider myself a fan of MZB's but that rests almost entire on ...more
Michael Spence
Mar 08, 2013 Michael Spence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Darkover book I read, back in '97 or so, and it provided the impetus for the first story I wrote and finished since college. (No, you'll probably never read it. A suitable title might be—with apologies to Elisabeth Waters and Deborah J. Ross—"Destined for the Trunk." Still, to have actually finished something is a matter of note.) Clearly, then, it made an impression; and having read a fair amount of other Darkover material since then I thought it high time to revisit the nove ...more
Oct 03, 2011 Contrarius rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I just reread this book for the first time in 20 or 30 years. It's one of the books that I still remember from my high school and college days, and I wanted to see how the passage of time would change my perception of it.

This time around, I was at first struck by the...simplicity? crudeness? juvenile nature?...of the writing. It certainly seemed to have more of a Young Adult tone to it than the last time I read it...but, then again, I was more of a YA myself back then. Nonetheless, the character
Christopher Sutch
Oct 07, 2012 Christopher Sutch rated it really liked it
This novel strikes me as the first novel in which I recognize both the maturity of Bradley as an author and the full character of the series through which I first came to know her, the Darkover books. While the style is still a little stilted and amateurish in places (I'm sure she was working from an old manuscript, perhaps written shortly after _The Sword of Aldones_, for which this book serves as prequel), much of the work is fully realized and capable of moving the reader with wonder, sympath ...more
May 16, 2014 Neophrem rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Secondo libro della Bradley che leggo, e temo anche l'ultimo.
L'autrice ha un'inventiva spettacola, eclettica e multisfaccettata, ma la sua narrazione è orribilmente noiosa, ridondante e tende a mettere troppa carne al fuoco ma facendo bruciare ogni cosa.
Figurativamente potrebbe essere paragonata a una fiammella su cui vengono posati rami rami, e ci si aspetta che di lì a poco divampi il fulgore; e invece a causa dei troppi rami la fiammella viene sopraffatta e muore.
Sep 06, 2015 Beatriz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este libro es realmente una joyita. El crecimiento y autoconocimiento de los jóvenes protagonistas de la historia, combinados con el despertar telepático de algunos habitantes de Darkover, está excelentemente construido. Por otro lado los conflictos de poder y, en general, toda la ambientación del planeta y su relación con el Imperio Terrano, también está muy bien trabajada. Una digna continuación a esta saga.
Fiona Ellwood
Jun 30, 2011 Fiona Ellwood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The best of the Darkover series, which really vary in quality. This is set late in the chronology of Darkover, and concerns the youth of Regis Hastur, the reluctant heir to Darkover. He's a very attractive character, not only physically - in fact he's described as possessing extreme personal beauty - but in personality. There is some reference to Regis' sexuality and his relationship with his bodyguard Danilo (the Darkovan term is paxman). The second strand of the novel is told in the first pers ...more
[These notes were made in 1985:]. A double-plotted Darkover novel, dealing with the pre-Sword of Aldones Lew in the first-person narrative, and the young Regis in the alternating third-person chapters. Not quite as disjointed as it sounds, for altho' Lew's troubles with the sword and his first love, Marjorie, have little to do with Regis, Regis' problems (coming to terms with his love for Danilo, and simultaneously with his laran gift) have their root in an early encounter with Lew. I found the ...more
Mar 13, 2013 Gardavson rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy-romance
I wavered in the extreme on this book. There were moments when I considered putting it down and not picking it back up again. And yet each time I put it down, it called to me, and I had to return to it. The character's were unbelievably compelling. I absolutely bought them, hook, line, and sinker. I liked the world, and I liked the plot. So what was the problem? Well, I know it's been advised to start with this book. The problem was, I had no concept of the psi talents. I didn't know or thus ful ...more
Norman Howe
May 21, 2015 Norman Howe rated it really liked it
This book marked the point at which Bradley decided to turn her Darkover series into serious SF. By acknowledging that Sword of Aldones was inconsistent"," she paved the way for the much better rewrite"," Sharra's Exile.
I waffled about this one - it should be a 3.5 stars, I think. I read this book all in one sitting, so to speak, in one day between the end of 'Darkover Landfall' and 'The Ssattered Chain.' With two strong male characters, there is a lot to think over when you read this book, especially if you are still in the process of discovery about sexuality, love and loyalty.

I seldom have comments about specific editions, but this one deserves comment as one of the most poorly cut books I have come across.
Jess Candela
Sep 24, 2012 Jess Candela rated it it was amazing
4.75 stars
I don't know if it's because I read other Darkover books as a kid and thus had conditioning that pulled me in more deeply, but it seems like it's been a very, very long time since I have been so utterly engrossed in a new book. It took a little while for me to get into it, but once I did, it felt almost more real than the world I was physically interacting with.

Even when I had to set it down, no matter what I was doing I'd find my thoughts drifting to it, wondering what Regis and Lew
L Greyfort
Jul 20, 2011 L Greyfort rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
I'll let this novel stand for Bradley's long, very intriguing Darkover series. If you'd like to lose yourself in another world, this series is an excellent candidate.

Part science fiction (plenty of sorta science space technology), part fantasy (Terrans land on an apparently "primitve" planet, and take a long time to wake up to the fact that there is an ancient, complex civilation based on levels of telepathy), the novels move around in time, and back & forth between Terran & Darkovan POV
Sep 14, 2011 Yuliya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, mzb, fantasy
The Darkover series is my favourite, and I actually own almost all of it in paperbacks. It took years to collect by buying in used book stores, and it sits in a box in my closet despite the space limitations in my apartment. MZB creates a meticulously detailed, very believable world with its own complicated social system in a blend of sci-fi and fantasy genres. There are no sappy unicorns or good vs. evil schemes. The characters feel so very real and are easy to sympathize with. This is a truly ...more
Jeanne Johnston
Nov 15, 2015 Jeanne Johnston rated it it was amazing
This was a bit of a heartbreaker, parallel stories of caste, duty, the damned Terrans, the Compact, and sacrifice. I wasn't keen on the way it jumped back and forth in perspective, but as everything converged, I noticed it less.

Most important takeaway is that the Terrans now know Darkovans are not just barbarians, stubbornly clinging to quaint ways, but possessing powers unbelieved--and now respected, especially now they know why they've foresworn their use as a weapon. Varzil the Good would be
Besprechung folgt !
Apr 06, 2014 Jenny marked it as to-read
Read this one first
Sep 28, 2007 Philip rated it it was ok
Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover novels had always intimidated me, but after taking a peek at the timeline provided by this book I thought it'd be interesting to give it a shot. With that said, I still wasn't quite able to wrap my mind around the power struggle presented in this book, though it does give us good class dynamics and an engaging history. Still, I would have enjoyed it more if there had been more time spent on greater character development.
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Marion Eleanor Zimmer Bradley was an American author of fantasy novels such as The Mists of Avalon and the Darkover series, often with a feminist outlook.

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“Si los hombres buenos como tú no quieren hacerse cargo -dijo Danilo-, ¿entonces quién queda, salvo los hombres perversos que no deberían hacerse cargo?” 2 likes
“Los dos se llamaban Rafael y ambos habían hecho un juramento, lucharon juntos, murieron y fueron enterrados en la misma tumba..." Como no sabía muy bien lo que hacía, extendió la mano hacia Regis y tomó la de él en la suya. Dijo, "Me gustaría morir así. ¿A ti no?” 2 likes
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